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Alberta closes all 'non-essential' businesses amid pandemic

'Non-essential' shutdown

The Alberta government says landlords will not be able to evict anyone for not paying rent until at least the end of April while the province deals with the economic fallout of COVID-19.

Alberta announced 56 new cases Friday, for a total of 542.

The government says landlords will also not be allowed to hike rents while a state of public emergency remains in effect.

The province is forcing non-essential business, such as salons, dine-in restaurants, clothing stores and furniture stores to close.

Alberta has also given law enforcement agencies full authority to enforce orders and issue fines for violations.

There are new restrictions on mass gatherings of more than 15 people, both indoors and outdoors at places of worship, weddings or funerals. Any gathering must allow people to keep the two-metre distance from others.

Albertans are prohibited from attending public or private recreational and entertainment facilities. Restaurants have been ordered closed, except for takeout or delivery. Casinos are closed.



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